SEATTLE (AP) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released a $342 million cleanup plan to remove decades of contamination from Seattle’s only river, a major industrial corridor that was listed as a Superfund site in 2001.
The agency says the plan will make it healthier for people along the Lower Duwamish River to live, play and eat fish from its waters. It’s estimated to take 17 years, including seven years of active cleanup work and a decade of natural recovery, to remove long-lasting PCBs, arsenic and other toxins that have riddled the waterway over the past century.
“This is a momentous day in the history of the Duwamish River,” EPA regional administrator Dennis McLerran said Tuesday. “This sets a very clear plan going forward.”